CHICAGO – 2016 USL Championship Defender of the Year Aaron Long headlines a group of 14 players with experience in the league that were called up by new United States Men’s National Team Manager Gregg Berhalter on Thursday for the team’s annual January Camp.
The group, which currently features 27 players in all, will report to Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center on Jan. 6. The U.S. will open its 2019 campaign against Panama on Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and then take the field again six days later against regional rival Costa Rica at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX).
Also joining Long in returning to the U.S. squad is former Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC loanee Zack Steffen, who was named the federation Male Player of the Year earlier this week after making six appearances for the national team in 2018 and impressing between the sticks in the side’s 1-1 draw against eventual 2018 FIFA World Cup champion France in June.
Five players with USL Championship experience have earned their first national team callups, including former Seattle Sounders FC 2 goalkeeper Tyler Miller, former Bethlehem Steel FC defenders Auston Trusty and Mark McKenzie, former Toronto FC II defender Daniel Lovitz and former Charleston Battery and Portland Timbers 2 forward Jeremy Ebobisse.
In all, the group of 14 has made 259 combined appearances in the USL Championship, with Long leading the way with 60. The defender is joined by five others who have made at least 20 appearances in the league, including Trusty (44), Miller (35), Ebobisse (28), Christian Ramirez (26), and Alex Bono (20).
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0), Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)
DEFENDERS (10): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati; 10/0), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 2/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 0/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 4/1)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 23/2), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 17/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 142/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 5/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 5/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 11/0)
FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; 0/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 0/0), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 40/6)